The Shepherd Consortium Poverty Immersion Summer Internship Program

John Carroll University is a founding member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, a group of institutions dedicated to encouraging the study of poverty as a complex social problem, by expanding and improving educational opportunities for college students in a wide range of disciplines and career trajectories. It integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service with disadvantaged communities and persons. Through its programs, SHECP and its member institutions prepare students for a lifetime of professional and civic efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability, while also supporting connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni engaged in the study of poverty.The Shepherd Consortium Poverty Immersion Summer Internship Program is competitive and designed to serve members of SHECP by providing eight-week internships. Interns will be matched with community non-profit and government-funded organizations whose missions address poverty in regional and national settings. Through these internships, students will increase their knowledge about poverty, its human and social costs, and ways they can act with and on behalf of the poor. Agencies represent many fields of interest including education, healthcare, legal services, housing, social and economic needs, and community–building efforts.

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eace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent.
– Aung San Suu Kyi

PJHR students have interned at the following organizations and agencies:

  • US Together (refugee resettlement)
  • Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (refugee resettlement)
  • International Partners in Mission (an NGO working to build partnerships to create justice, peace, and hope)
  • Bread for the City and LIFT DC (agencies that provide services to the poor and marginalized in Washington DC)
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network (a Jesuit Social Justice Network)
  • OXFAM America
  • US Senator’s Washington DC office
  • The JCU Peacebuilding Program in Ireland
  • New Life International (designs and builds water purification systems in less developed countries)
  • The Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (a research center designed to work within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, testing, and implementing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease)
  • Catholic Charites of Greensburg PA;
  • Domestic Violence Center
  • The Violence Prevention Center (JCU)
  • Fair Trade Internship (JCU).

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